To the Editor,
In this town there is almost no disability access. As far as I can tell, not a single locally based independent store has a button I can push. I can’t get into the town offices and the REC Centre is a joke. No dining outlets and not even the medical offices!
Walk up or down Station Hill and notice that if you push a baby carriage on the traveled side of the cement barriers that you are barely a few feet from traffic. On the other side with a misstep we risk falling down a steep incline. It’s scary. Moha Road was paved and is now even more dangerous. The shoulder is only a couple of feet wide and the edge crumbles. If I get close to that edge, my scooter will flip; that means I’m hurt big time. And I’d have to hope someone notices.
The user manual for my scooter says it’s not safe to attempt a slope of over four per cent. The path at the end of Main Street is a little steeper. Even pedestrians have a hard time getting up it. That has to be fixed very soon. There should be dedicated scooter/pedestrian paths all over this town. A lot of people walk but are very restricted as to where they can safely do so.
Scooter batteries are expensive. In this town they may not last two years. At $400 to $800 per pair it’s a hefty charge that few of us can afford.
Lillooet is a jewel. We are a wonderful blend of peoples and cultures…and we are aging. The more friendly we are to retired and disabled people, the more we will appeal to those who will look at the comforts they can find here. For people to move here, they have to know that we are a welcoming community, that we are more than a cheap place to move from the city. We have to start thinking seriously about that. Right now.
Pedestrians, scooters, bicycles, carriages and more need a lot of fundamental respect and consideration. It has to start at every doorway and on every pathway and on every street.
I’m hoping this council will focus on these things and DO something. We live here, we spend our money here, our friends are here. It’s time to recognize our value to the community and to take progressive steps to allow us to be more inclusive.
We can be a more vibrant community but our whole perspective needs to change.
I’ll be bringing my concerns to council and I hope they can understand the need for immediate changes and act accordingly.